2019 Program Graduation

Since 2001, Leadership Victoria has been driving the development of local leaders in Victoria.  Each year, a cohort of dedicated leaders get together to grow as leaders and create meaningful change in our community through their community action projects.

This year, our cohort worked with our community partner Our Place Society to create opportunities for stable supported housing in the Greater Victoria area.  Please join us to celebrate their completion of the program and hear their recommendations for our community. 

Please RSVP at the attached link. 

2018-2019 Graduation RSVP


When:  Thursday March 21st, 2019

Time:  Light appetizers and a cash bar, with a meet and mingle starting 6:00 PM.  Presentations will start at 6:30. 

Where:  At the Gorge Vale Golf Course, Craigflower Road Victoria BC

Call for Proposals: Community Action Project Partners

Would you like to access the energy and resources of the Leadership Victoria cohort to help kickstart your community project?  Consider applying to be a CAP partner for 2019-20

Over the past 18 years, Leadership Victoria has been successful in developing local leaders in our Community Leadership Development Program. Learners experience has been enhanced by 69 Community Action Projects that have created meaningful solutions to challenges identified by community organizations.

Leadership Victoria is seeking qualified community partners to support our Community Action Projects in the 2019-2020 Community Leadership Development Program. The Community Action Projects (CAPS) are a key component our leadership development process. They are an opportunity for learners to apply their growing leadership competencies to a real-life community issue.

The project will provide a local community organization the opportunity to work with a group of dedicated learners over a four month period to create solutions to an important community challenge. Community Partners will be local not-for-profit organization looking to find meaningful solutions to a significant community challenge.

Interested?  Consider applying now ...

Submit Your Proposal


Not so fine print:

  • Projects should focus on a significant community wide issue.
  • Community Action Projects team may include 4-7 learners.  
  • Project outputs must be attainable in 14-16 weeks.
  • Projects can support more than one team.
  • We will not provide fundraising activities for any organizations.
  • Organizations are encouraged to apply for more than one CAP.
  • Successful community partners should expect to engage in regular timely feedback to the project team

2018 Holiday Party

The staff from Leadership Victoria invite you to celebrate the holiday season with us. If you are a volunteer, alumni or student we want you there.

This exciting local event will take place at the Victoria Caledonian Distillery and Twa Dogs Brewery. With your ticket, you will receive a distillery tour, a sample of a variety of beer and spirits and an opportunity to socialize with local influencers. There will be light appetizers and munchies available for snacking. 

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Planned throughout the evening are leadership stories from our Community Leaders, a silent auction and a special raffle featuring a local pub crawl in a basket to take home with you. More details to follow on that one.

Join us

AGM 2018

The Board of Directors for Leadership Victoria Society extends our invitation to you to attend our Annual General Meeting.

We are looking forward to sharing the stories of impact and transformation that have taken place over the past year as well as our plans for the years to come.

This year's AGM features a keynote address from community leader and Leadership Victoria Board Member Don Evans.

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Turning a Vision into Reality with Purpose, Passion and Persistence!

Our Place Executive Director, Don Evans shares the successes, struggles and journey toward creating a new innovative addiction recovery centre for the homeless. Come learn how Don collaborated and engaged community decision makers toward a collective vision.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM PST


Burnside Gorge Community Centre

471 Cecelia Road

Victoria, BC V8T 4T4



2018 Leadership Victoria Kickoff Party

We recently welcomed the 2018-19 Leadership Victoria Cohort.

So grateful to the hundreds of alumni, facilitators, staff and volunteers who have jumped in. Each of our team works overtime to make sure that Victoria is developing the type of leaders who will bravely face and solve the complex problems we hold in our community.

We could not do this without each and every one of you.

We had a fantastic opening party at CHEK news and welcomed previous alumni, board, visitors and volunteers. Each came out to cheer on the latest leaders and to join in on the fun. It was such a great night welcoming the new cohort to our community.

Check out our photos

We are grateful to those who have built the legacy, and to those about to write the next chapter.


We are leaders leading change.

We are not for everyone.

We're for leaders.

Welcome to our new Program Manager

Stephen Twynstra

After a rigorous search, we have found the perfect program manager for Victoria’s flagship leadership development program.

Please welcome Stephen Twynstra to the position of Program Manager of Leadership Victoria.  

Stephen spends his time helping leaders develop values based transformation in their organizations and personal lives. His personal leadership philosophy is to build ‘a safe place to learn and grow, together’.

With over 20 years of experience in coordinating training programs and facilitating groups he is well poised to help move Leadership Victoria to our next phase as we continue to develop the influence of local leaders.   

We are proud to welcome Stephen to the long line of incredible staff who have helped develop the leaders of Victoria's future.

If you are interested in standing out and changing the world, you might be a leader for our intensive leadership training program.  Talk to Stephen, he will help you find your opportunity 

The Perfect Image of Community Leadership

The Victoria Community Leadership Awards 2018 was a night to remember. The community leaders were truly honoured and celebrated by the Lieutenant Governor, the community, and their peers.  Do you see yourself in the high-resolution photograph below? Please feel free to download this picture as a lasting memento of the event and of those who were celebrated.

Will it be you standing, honoured, on those stairs in 2019?  

Welcome to our new Executive Director

Please welcome Mark Crocker to the position of Executive Director of Leadership Victoria.

Mark brings a passion for building healthy communities and extensive experience leading projects and training volunteers doing humanitarian work all over the world. Mark designed and delivers a cross cultural training certificate program for leaders of volunteer teams working overseas, and he also consults and coaches individuals and groups engaged in making an impact in community development and cross cultural settings.

Mark currently volunteers as a director of the New Hope Schools society, where he is working on introducing a smokeless stove design to reduce respiratory disease for families in Haiti.

Locally, Mark helped to organize the successful refugee sponsorship event in June 2016 put on by the Inter-Cultural Association and the Anglican Diocese to provide information to community members interested in sponsoring refugees in Victoria.

Mark is an innovator, a connector and a community builder, and he is looking forward to using these skills to help Leadership Victoria launch its new program and to continue to develop, celebrate and support leaders engaged in building a vibrant community.


Nominations Deadline Extended to March 27

Thank you to everyone who has submitted nominations to date! We have been reading about some amazing leaders in the Victoria Region! We even got a submission from Australia! The submitter did not realize that we were Leadership Victoria in BC, not New South Wales in Australia. 

We look forward to reading more about those who create the vibrancy of Victoria. 

Tickets are on sale now for the Awards Gala being held at Government House. If you attended last year, you know this is a great venue and an opportunity to meet our new Lieutenant Governor. 

And it isn't too last to be a sponsor! For more information to about how to spread the news of the great work you are doing in your organization, please get in contact executivedirector@leadershipvictoria.ca

Victoria Community Leadership Awards Nominations are open!

Nominations for the 2018 Victoria Leadership Awards is now open!

Leadership Victoria is very pleased to once again recognize our extraordinary leaders in the Greater Victoria area. This year's event will be held at Government House, hosted by the Lieutenant Governor.  

Public nominations will be accepted from people from all ages and all walks of life. If you know someone who has had a large community impact or has demonstrated positive leadership in their community they may be eligible for a Victoria Community Leadership Award. Visit our Selection Page for more information on the the criteria to nominate a local leader.

Please follow this link, VCLA Nomination Form to suggest a community leader that you know to be recognized in the 2018 Victoria Leadership Awards! Please email the completed form to executivedirector@leadershipvictoria.ca

Nomination deadline is March 21.

Tickets are now on sale for this gala event on Thursday, May 3! Please join us to celebrate our inspiring leaders!